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Franklin Victorian Bed & Breakfast

Sparta, WI 54656-1804 USA (Show map)
357 Reviews
$100 - $125
per night

Check Dates Diamond Collection

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Award-Winning and proud to be part of the "Diamond Collection" with BedandBreakfast. The Franklin Victorian Bed & Breakfast is Proud to be on the "State & National Register as of January 2005". We are a AAA-Travel property and AAA and State inspected. A Great Outdoors Destination with 4-seasons of Recreation. Be our guest at the Franklin Victorian Bed & Breakfast Inn, in the heart of Sparta, Wisconsin “The Bicycling Capital of America”. The bed & breakfast is located in the Hidden Valleys of Southwestern Wisconsin. It is very close to the Elroy-Sparta and other state bike trail, and opportunities for hiking, canoeing, kayaking, Amish Country, restaurants, theaters, golf course, shopping and more. We host Murder Mystery Weekends November thru April. The warmth of our romantic retreat welcomes you at the door. Built in the early (c.1900s) by a Sparta Banker, Mr. W.G. Williams, this Queen Anne-style bed & breakfast features leaded stained glass window, fireplace, open staircase and other unique architectural features. Inside, you’ll find beautiful antiques, fresh flowers, lace window treatments, wonderful woodwork and decor. Amenities include a scrumptious full breakfast, cookies and much more, inside bike storage and shuttles service is available. Book your stay in one of our four elegant and spacious guestrooms today and see for yourself why our bed & breakfast is one of Sparta’s true treasures.


Rooms & Rates

2-Master Bedroom Suite

King Bed, Free WI-FI, Private, full bath has a shower and body spray, Sitting Area, Fireplace A privately served breakfast is available in room, Click On "Enlarge" for more photos. Single Person Discount Rate: next page, Specials for two and three night stays available

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

3-Country Room

KING Bed (note: foot board on bed has been removed since this photo), Free WI-FI, Private Bath-tub and shower, “All Season” fireplace, Sitting Area. Click On "Enlarge" for more photos. Single Person Discount Rate: next page. Specials for two and three night stays available

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

4-Mitchell's Room

Queen Bed, Free WI-FI, Private Bath-shower with body spray, Sitting Area , All Season Fireplace Click On "Enlarge" for more photos. Single Person Discount Rate: next page, Specials for two and three night stays available

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

1-Franklin Suite

Queen Bed, Free WI-FI, Private, en-suite deluxe full bath has a shower and an Ultra Bathâ, air jetted whirlpool tub, Sitting Area, A privately served breakfast is available in room, Click On "Enlarge" for more photos. Single Person Discount Rate: next page, Specials for two and three night stays available

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Dining4.7

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Simly... outstanding!

5 on August 20, 2014

What a pleasant surprise to find such a beautiful home in small town USA. I could not have had a better sleep or breakfast. Thank you so much.

Week end in Sparta

5 on August 16, 2014

Our first visit in a B & B and it was absolutely wonderful! Traveled in town for a bike ride on the famous Sparta trail. Jennifer and Steve dropped us off and our bikes down the trail, so we just rode back to the inn. Breakfast was delicious, we couldn't have had a better experience. Before leaving we booked our next years trip!

Great B & B!

4.0 on August 15, 2014

Great place in a neat little town. The food was excellent and the room was spotless. We used the bike shuttle service, and the owners were flexible with our schedule.

Outstanding B&B

5 on August 14, 2014

Second time here via bike route. Outstanding!! Love these people and their home.

Pleasant Surprise

4.6 on August 06, 2014

It was a pleasant surprise to find this place while traveling through Wisconsin.It was close to the interstate in a quiet and very pretty residential neighborhood where you could enjoy an evening walk.My room was nicely decorated with a very comfortable bed and special linens.There were numerous ammenities that made you feel pampered..The breakfast was abundant and delicious.Jennifer made you feel very welcomed and did much to make sure you enjoyed your stay.My only regret was I did not have time to take advantage of everything you could do( like biking) in the area. I hope to return here again someday..

Innkeeper Response
We love when our guests are happy with their stay at our B&B. We want to make all guests feel welcome and have comfort during their stay. We look forward to your return.

Great bed and breakfast experience

5 on August 04, 2014

We decided to take a last minute trip to Sparta the end of July and were excited to be able to find a bed and breakfast for one of the nights. What a wonderful place. It was beautiful, quiet, clean, and Jennifer was a wonderful hostess. Breakfast was also delicious and we had some wonderful conversation with other guests that had been biking the date before too. We can't wait to go back.

Innkeeper Response
WOW-We are glad you took the time to give us a 5 star review. Thank You so very much!

Charming B&B

4.4 on August 04, 2014

This was our first time in a bed and breakfast and it was an awesome experience. Steve and Jennifer are wonderful host and they run a very clean business. We will definitely be visiting them again. I would recommend this to anyone.

Innkeeper Response
To the many young guests we host, we love to have newbies! Because we want all our guests to be comfortable from the time they ring our door bell to the time they leave. We want to make sure they think of a B&B for their next stay as they travel and vacation. THANK YOU!

Wonderful Experience!

5 on July 28, 2014

This was our first experience in a Bread & Breakfast and it was EXCELLENT! Steve and Jennifer are terrific Inn Keeper's. The home was charming and every need was met. The food was exceptional! We can't wait to go back!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for the kind review! We are so happy your first B&B was with us!. We always have fun with the first experience guests who stay with us.


4.2 on July 28, 2014

My wife and I stayed at the Inn on our honeymoon. It is an exceptionally well-cared for residence that deserves the awards and high ratings it received. They did everything they could to make sure we did not want for anything. Jennifer was very pleasant and shared the interesting history of the Inn and the fact that it is now a Historic Building. However, I thought it a little pricey compared to other places that we stayed.

Innkeeper Response
We are glad you had a nice stay and enjoyed our B&B during your honeymoon across Wisconsin. Please guests and future guests keep in mind that different areas have different taxes in their cites and counties which can reflex the total cost. Some are less and some are more when you compare.

Overnight stay in Sparta

4.2 on July 22, 2014

We spent one night in Sparta on our way further north, and made reservations at the Franklin Victorian B&B......a VERY nice start to our vacation. A beautifully maintained home and our room was excellent! Jennifer's breakfast the following morning was wonderful too. Again a good way to get us going on our way north. I would recommend this B&B to anyone looking for an outstanding B&B experience. MB

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Location Type



La Crosse, WI (WSE-La Crosse County) 30 miles

Directions to property:

I-90, East

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Historical interests, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Elroy-Sparta State Bike Trail, Fort Mc Coy, Kickapoo River, Canoeing, Warrens Cranberry Fest, Wisconsin Cheese Stores, Wineries, Amish Country, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Copier, Library, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Washer/dryer , We are a Certified Travel Green WI Destination, We offer inside Bicycle & Motorcycle storage during your stay, DVD's & Players, Free Wi-Fi, Free parking,, Bike Shuttle Service for guests.

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Radio, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Elroy-Sparta State Trail, Great River State Trail, La Crosse River State Trail, Wildcat Mountain State Park, Murder Mystery Weekends, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Snow shoe trails, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3:00- 8:00PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Children Must be 12 and Older
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No We are unable to accommodate pets.

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Some weekends
  • Deposit Amount Required: Reservations: To secure a reservation, need a valid credit card hold. (Visa, MasterCard, Discover). Final payment with credit/debit card, cash or personal check.
  • Cancellations: Cancellations: Cancellations are difficult, but we do understand that unexpected situations arise. Please call the Inn if you need to cancel or reschedule your stay. Seven days notice is required for cancellation. Cancellations made less than 7 days will be refunded in the form of a gift certificate. No-shows, cancel day of, and early checkouts are responsible for payment of the entire reservation.



Jennifer and Steve Dunn

Languages spoken


About the innkeepers

We moved to Sparta, Wisconsin in 2002 and are enjoying running an award winning bed and breakfast ever since. Jennifer wanted to own and run a bed and breakfast. With her interior design background, it only seemed natural. Both Jennifer and Steve had grown up in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Because of their love of the Midwest and their family ties in Wisconsin, they wanted to return to their roots. We love what we are doing, so come visit we would love meeting you!

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  • Time Served: 8:30 a.m.
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area, Guest room

Special meal options

Restrictive , Vegetarian , Gluten Free

Signature Dish

Wild Rice Quiche
The guests Favorite! See our website for more wonderful recipes.



Special Package

Summer Specials

Attention Bicyclist- Receive Two Free Bike Passes & Two Free Bike Bottles! Dates: May 1, 2014 to October 31, 2014 Stay with us anytime Sunday through Thursday for Two (2) nights or more in the same room and enjoy what Wisconsin has to offer and ride the Sparta-Elroy Bike Trail. (Offer is not valid when using any gift certificate, other special, discount, or Holidays/weekends).

Summer Specials

Attention Bicyclist Stay Three and Save – Receive Free Bike Shuttle Dates: May 1, 2014 to October 31, 2014 Stay with us Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for Three (3) nights in the same room and enjoy a free bike shuttle and see what Wisconsin has to offer along the Sparta-Elroy Bike Trail. (Offer is not valid when using any gift certificate, other special, discount, or Holidays/weekends).

Sports Specials

Attention Bicyclist- People & Bicycle Shuttle Service – $ is for two people Dates: May 1, 2014 to October 31, 2014 This is an add-on available for being our biking guests. We will shuttle your bicycles and you to either Elroy, Kendall or Wilton along the Sparta-Elroy Bike Trail. Full or Half trail price is available. Then you can enjoy the bike trail, wonderful tunnels and ride back to the bed and breakfast! Set up with the innkeepers for us to shuttle you at the time of your reservation.

Ongoing Discount

AAA Members ~ We are pleased to offer a 5% discount to current AAA members on New 2014 reservations. Membership number required at time of reservation, must be valid for date of stay. Must show proof at check-in. (Offer is not valid when using any gift certificate, other special, or Holidays/weekends).

Frequent Stay Programs

EARN A FREE NIGHT! As if a night at the Franklin Victorian Bed & Breakfast isn’t wonderful enough, now you can reward yourself even more! Sign up for “Pillow Points.” Stay six nights and get the seventh night FREE! There are no fees or expiration dates, and your nights-stayed do not need to be consecutive. Just earn credit toward your free night whenever you visit! Ask innkeeper for details & your “Pillow Points” card.

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Details Diamond Collection

220 E Franklin St , Sparta, WI 54656-1804 USA (Show map)

Property highlights

Free $60 gift card with a $300+ purchase